This series is presented as an honest, sincere look into the study of the Bible with my own personal theories, opinions, comments and that of others’ insights and research into what the verses could mean. I cannot claim one way or another that everything that I am stating is fact and the true meaning of what is meant in these verses.
To lay it out in a way that I can manage, I have highlighted the texts of verses that I either don’t understand or have a comment or question about in yellow. And the comments I’ve left beneath it will be of a smaller font and using brown text.
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Abram Inherits Canaan
1 And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south.
2 And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.
I find it very interesting that the first two verses in this chapter seems to focus on the material wealth that Abram has. Almost as if that’s what matters… Of course, through Jesus’ teachings, this is far from the truth, but even previous chapters dwell quite a bit on the corporeal and amassing great amount of possessions and properties… it just seems very odd that this would be of such importance. Not to mention the previous chapter of Abram lying about his wife, and the punishment still goes to the one who was not aware of this lie. Perhaps I’m overthinking this strange dichotomy, or I simply don’t understand the sovereignty and plans of the All Mighty. But it is something I bring up because of my confusion to this matter.
3 And he went on his journeys from the south even to Bethel, unto the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Hai;
4 Unto the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first: and there Abram called on the name of the LORD.
Again, I don’t want to make assumptions, but I do have my own beliefs. Whether they’re correct or wrong. And I feel almost sanctimonious by stating them, and again, I don’t want to come across as presumptuous or blasphemous, but it is just another topic that I don’t quite understand. My belief, is that God is Love, and He knows what’s in our hearts. That’s the ONLY thing that matters. So for the Lord to be pleased with an altar or anything of the like, seems to be more concentrated on physical structures and outward display of devotion than what a person truly feels inside.
However, with Abram’s sincere devotion, perhaps it is his way of showing his reverence, and it has nothing to do with the physical construct of the altar or anything that Abram chooses to sacrifice upon it, but more about his supreme trust and faith in the Lord. The “altar” just signifies it, perhaps. And this is what the Lord is pleased with. If Abram is true and genuine in his heart, then the act of building the altar is to just outwardly show this dedication, similar to how an artist would like to do a painting or sculpture of someone or something that they love.
But then, there’s the other reason for someone to build an altar, and it comes back to the sacrifice aspect of things. I’ve already mentioned before how strange it seems for the Lord to be “pleased with the aroma of burning sacrifices”, and it automatically conjures sinister and macabre actions in my mind. And again I have to ask, why would a spiritual, divine entity be so delighted with this type of practice?
5 And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents.
6 And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together.
This verse again mentions the extreme amount of wealth that not only Abram has, but also Lot. And when we take into account how many times the Lord has promised to bless Abram and that he will have a whole nation unto his own, well, his material possessions will just keep growing it seems.
7 And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram’s cattle and the herdmen of Lot’s cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land.
I also want to point out how interesting it is that between the generation of Noah and his family, which supposedly spawned the rest of humanity as we know it, and the age of Abram and Lot, there were around 10 generations between the two groups. Meaning that technically, the Canaanites and the Perizzite’s are both descendants of Noah. And Abram and Lot were as well. Of course, due to the Fall of the Tower of Babel, these descendants were then spread out and became unknown to each other and built their own customs and traditions, thus perhaps creating hostility and mistrust between other groups.
In the case of Abram’s herdmen and Lot’s herdmen, it could be due to the sheer amount of possessions that each group had and the disagreements on how to rear the cattle and where to raise them. But it’s interesting that between just 10 generations there could be so much animosity and suspicion developing between all these different groups.
8 And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren.
We’re ALL brethren, but I digress…
9 Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.
10 And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar.
11 Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other.
12 Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.
13 But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.
Even though the details haven’t been expanded upon yet, I’ve read before that Canaan was also extremely wicked, but perhaps not during this timeframe? While this verse focuses on Sodom being exceedingly wicked, it does not mention Canaan eventually becoming wicked as well. There’s much more I can say about this topic, but since it has not been covered yet, I will wait until the appropriate chapter.
14 And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward:
15 For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.
I didn’t want to make this connection, but… this sounds eerily similar to this verse: “Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” – Matthew 4:8-9
Am I insinuating a correlation between the LORD who spoke to Abram offering him all the land of the world, to that of the devil who was trying to tempt Jesus with all the kingdoms of the world?…
I’m saying, there’s an uncanny precedence and curious resemblance between these two verses. Regardless of the real meaning and/or if they have absolutely no bearing with each other, the similarities exist.
Now, can I say that without offending God/Jesus Christ? Well, yes, I daresay I can because I believe in Him and I know that He knows that I love Him and my intentions are pure and not born out of spite or rebelliousness. On the other hand, can I say the same thing without offending some people? …Probably not. But this connection is not to stir up trouble or spite, but only to show what a sincere study into the Bible can reveal without any preconceived notions or being led to a particular conclusion.
16 And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.
17 Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.
18 Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar unto the LORD.
I brought up some tough questions/correlations because I feel that to get to the truth of the Bible, one can’t simply read it without inquiring as to the purpose of these verses and their meaning. Although the questions may seem as if it’s coming from a skeptical point of view, it is most definitely not the case and instead comes from a very honest pursuit to finding the significance and message of what it may be sending.
And as usual, I want to reiterate that some of my thoughts and theories may be way off base, and I also research some other things on the side as well to try and get a broader understanding of what I’m reading, so please bear with me, or, even better, if you have insights that bring more light to these verses, please let me know.
I enjoy bouncing off theories and theology off of each other and love to hear other people’s perspectives on things. Thank you for reading and I look forward to hearing from you!
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